DEMOLITION work is underway ahead of the redevelopment of Stratford’s Canal Quarter.
The project will see 500 new homes built – including one and two bedroom flats, and two, three and four bedroom houses – on 16.8 acres of land which is currently occupied by number of former industrial and commercial buildings.
Members of Stratford District Council (SDC) and representatives from developers Berkeley St Joseph attended the demolition ceremony as work got underway.
SDC developement spokeswoman Coun Anne Parry said: “This is a significant development for the area and we are looking forward to St Joseph Homes delivering a high-quality development in this part of town.
“The project will create jobs, enhance biodiversity and celebrate the town’s waterway.”
Marcus Blake, regional managing director at Berkeley St Joseph added: “With demolition now taking place, construction work will begin later this year, we look forward to welcoming our first residents in 2024.
“The new development will offer quality homes to families, professionals and those looking to live in the sought-after location of Stratford.
“Alongside the creation of new jobs for this development, the regeneration of the brownfield site will boost the biodiversity of Stratford’s Canal Quarter, while also providing commercial office space for businesses and help to drive the local economy.”
SDC leader Coun Tony Jefferson said: “This is a major milestone in the redevelopment of the Canal Quarter.
“The quality of this development will set a benchmark for others and we are very pleased to be working with St Joseph Homes on this redevelopment.”
Following the demolition work, construction of the new homes is set to begin early in 2023, with an expected completion date of 2030.